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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), the great Victorian engineer, built the Great Western railway (see below). STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway pays homage to Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway

Isambard Kingdom Brunel also conceived and designed the SS Great Britain (see below), which has been called "The World's First Great Ocean Liner". Brunel's conception included the revolutionary combination of a screw propeller, an iron hull, and a massive 1000-horsepower steam engine, and this combination revolutionized international travel. So groundbreaking was the design that in 1843 when the SS Great Britain was launched, she was called "the greatest experiment since the Creation".

SS Great Britain

Clifton Suspension Bridge (see below) was also designed by the then 24-year-old Isambard Kingdom Brunel who had been declared the winner of a design contest for the bridge and was appointed project engineer - his first major commission.

Work on the bridge began in 1831 but was interrupted for financial reasons, and the bridge wasn't completed until 1864, after Brunel's own death in 1859.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

© 2011 John Westby & Britain-Visitor.com

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